Battle Creek police release dash cam footage of officer-involved shooting

Posted at 5:46 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 17:53:36-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — The Battle Creek Police Department released officer dash cam footage of the traffic stop and officer-involved shooting from Tuesday.

The department also identified the officers and suspects involved in a news release Friday.

Jacquann Smith, 21, of Jackson, drove the vehicle.

He was arraigned on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon in an automobile.

Daevion Wright, 18, also of Jackson, was the passenger in the vehicle.

He was arraigned on charges of carrying a concealed weapon in an automobile, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Officer Ryan O’Connell initiated the traffic stop and is seen in the video speaking to Smith.

Officer Andrew Frantz was the second officer to arrive and spoke to Wright off-camera.

Both officers are on paid administrative leave while the department completes an internal investigation and Michigan State Police completes an investigation of the shooting.

O’Connell stopped the vehicle about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday for driving violations that included erratic driving, stopping and backing up in the middle of the road and an illegal turn.

As O’Connell spoke to Smith outside of the vehicle, Frantz arrived and approached the passenger side to speak to Wright, according to BCPD.

Frantz saw a gun in Wright’s waistband and told him to put his hands up.

He secured the gun, but Wright began to reach under the seat, BCPD said.

As Wright reached down, Frantz began yelling for him not to move and O’Connell moved Smith further away from the scene and drew his own gun.

Frantz shot Wright twice.

“We are releasing the video in hopes of clarifying the events of that night,” Police Chief Jim Blocker said. “At the same time, we cannot get too far in front of the legal process, to which all parties are entitled.”